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The mission of the BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology – Collaborations in Green Roofs and Living Walls is to conduct world-class, innovative research on green roof and living wall systems and to provide research-based education across disciplines, to students and practitioners. The Centre is located within the School of Construction and the Environment at the BC Institute of Technology.

From left to right – Rosa Lin and Mahsa Akbarnejad, Masters of Applied Science in Building Science students at BCIT stand in front of the Burnaby Campus’s new Elevated Lab Living Wall.

From left to right – Rosa Lin and Mahsa Akbarnejad, Masters of Applied Science in Building Science students at BCIT stand in front of the Burnaby Campus’s new Elevated Lab Living Wall.

Green roofs” are specialized roofing systems that support vegetation growth on rooftops. Green roof technology offers reduced site level stormwater runoff, reduced building energy demand and extension of roof membrane service life. Urban usage can reduce impact on the regional watershed, mitigate heat island effects, and improve air and water quality.

The Centre is evaluating the function and performance of extensive green roofs and living walls in the rainforest climate of coastal B.C.

Through collaborations with industry, government and academic partners, our vision is to help advance the widespread adoption of green roof and living wall technologies in this region.